By Ruth Tene Natsa
The Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has reiterated the commitment of the 8th Assembly to give the Nigerian youths its support for the success of the change mantra of the present administration.
He said, “For Leadership to endure in Nigeria, Nigeria must develop its youths so as to address the challenges of not investing in the leadership of the future generation.”
Yakubu who spoke while receiving a delegation of the #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign said, “ If we must succeed as a nation,we must recognize the talents trapped in young people to help build them to surpass and sustain what has been laid”.
He said, “We must begin to develop our youth, it’s better they are given a chance and they fail, rather than they were never given a chance.”
The speaker urged the youths not to seek for independent candidacy but stressed the need for political parties to ensure some forms of affirmative action to protect the nation’s youth when the age reduction into political offices is passed into law.
Meanwhile,the Head Research Policy and Advocacy, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) and the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign Samson Itodo commended the Speaker on his support and commitment to youth development and inclusion in Governance.
He said the House recorded a historic milestone when it passed two bills seeking to reduce the age requirement for political candidacy.
According to him “ The commitment of the Speaker is exemplified by his support for the establishment of the Young Parliamentarians Forum, interactive sessions with students of tertiary institutions, adoption of several motions on youth issues.